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Dietetic Directions Blog

The Skinny on Cow’s Milk & Alternatives

What is better: cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk?  Are they nutritionally equivalent - meaning they have the same amounts of calcium, fat and protein?   If you have asked yourself these questions you have come to the right spot! First, before doing a nutritional comparison, it is important to mention that people choose dairy alternatives for diverse reasons.   If you are avegetarian or a vegan you might choose a milk alternative, like soy or almond milk, because they are plant-based.   Additionally, if you are lactose intolerant you might choose an alternative beverage (soymilk, almond milk) that does not contain lactose. Note: If you are lactose...

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Best Weight Loss Apps!

As a dietitian in private practice, I am always intrigued when clients introduce me to new nutrition apps they use diligently on their smart phones to track their food and physical activity.  What a great tool to use on a healthy living and/or weight loss journey.  This blog is dedicated to introducing weight loss apps that come highly recommended. Tip: To make these trackers most useful enter your food and activity right after consumption or activity to increase the accuracy and your awareness. Of the 3 apps I will review today, there are components they all have in common: • Track food intake throughout the day • Account for energy expenditure vs. dietary intake • Input weight and height along with goals • Excellent way to track progress 1. Lose it! - “Calorie-budget”...

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How to Boost your Metabolism

If you are relentlessly trying to lose weight you may have already blamed your sluggish metabolism. Conversely, if you are struggling to gain weight, you may have concluded that you have a super speedy metabolism allowing you to eat everything you want without gaining a pound. Either way, the term‘metabolism’ describes a measure of how efficiently your body burns food as fuel.  Likewise, since metabolism impacts the rate at which we burn calories, this will have an impact on how quickly bodies gain or lose weight. Today, let’s explore the factors that determine our metabolism or the rate at which we burn calories (aka metabolic rate).  First, it is important to mention factors that areoutside our control. • Age: After the age of 40 years, metabolism...

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Where did Pancake Tuesday come from?

Today is the annual day of Pancakes!  Also known as Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Wow, those are a lot of names for one single day!  Nevertheless, are you curious on the origins of Pancake Tuesday? Wondering why pancakes or why at this time of year?  If you are looking for answers, I am happy to say that you have come to the right place :) Why on Tuesday? Pancake Tuesday happens around the same time each year and always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which is the season with 40 days of preparation before Easter for Christians. What does ‘Shrove’ Tuesday mean? The word...

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How to Make Fantastic Fish!

Welcome to the middle of the month dedicated to promoting Heart Health. To help celebrate this momentous time, I have brought in my very firstguest blogger Amanda Li, the talented Registered Dietitian and chef.  Amanda has a passion for creating the finest foods to foster health and well-being. Thank you Amanda for sharing your exceptional culinary expertise with us at Dietetic Directions! Fish 101: The 1st of February not only marked the start of Heart Health Month, but also the beginning of a Fish and Seafood Module in Culinary school!  Today I will share with you how to master the art of cooking fish and encourage you to try new ingredient-pairings with your fish.  This blog could possibly...

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Let’s Eat Lentils!

Lentils are little edible seeds grown in a pod and part of the legume family.   You may recognize lentils used in vegetarian dishes or used in Indian cuisine.  However, how familiar are you with using lentils in your kitchen as part of your tasty, healthy meals? In honour of February being "heart health awareness month", this blog is dedicated to raising awareness on the amazingness of lentils and encouraging you to begin experimenting with these in your cooking! Lentil 101: Lentils vary in size, shape, colour; they may be are purchased in the dried form, canned or possibly in the pod.  Lentils vary in colour from the most common brown lentil, to the peppery...

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Reap the benefits of Rapini

If I had to name my top 3 veggies rapini would most certainly top my list!   I grew up with rapini served both at family meals and on special occasions.   Surprisingly, rapini was always a treat for all five children in my extended family.   Now, as a dietitian, I have come to appreciate rapini not only as a delicious vegetable but also as a “super food” or those foods that pack a nice nutritional punch! For those unfamiliar with rapini it is now time to explore this delicious, bitter and almost nutty tasting veggie. What is Rapini? A common dark green leafy vegetable native to southern...

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So…. What about Soy?

Usually towards the end of a one-on-one dietary counselling session I will often be asked, “so…. what about soy?  After hearing the same question various times, I think it is time to set the facts straight.  Is soy cause for concern? Should we be avoiding soy? Should we be consuming more soy? Let’s find out! What is soy? Soy products have origin to the soy bean.  Soy beans are part of the “legume” family, which is the seed, pod or other edible part of a plant.  Soy beans are native to East Asia and continue to be a central part of their diet. Soy is a popular choice for vegetarians since it is the only plant-based protein that is also...

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Goal Setting: Your Direction for Success!

The first step to success is goal setting!  Now, I know this sounds obvious but how many people feel ‘adrift’?  Or how many attempt to attain the samegoal over and over again only to feel that progress is not being made?  Today, I am going to break down how you can set magnificent goals for success and achieve them!  This is a timely article seeing that our New Year’s resolutions may be in full swing inching us one step closer to success or they may have already been tossed aside. Steps to successful goal setting: 1. Decide what it is that you want to achieve.  This is going to be very general. For example, I want to start living a...

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